Ecclesiastes 11:7
New International Version
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

New Living Translation
Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.

English Standard Version
Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.

Berean Study Bible
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

New American Standard Bible
The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.

King James Bible
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

Christian Standard Bible
Light is sweet, and it is pleasing for the eyes to see the sun.

Contemporary English Version
Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun.

Good News Translation
It is good to be able to enjoy the pleasant light of day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Light is sweet, and it is pleasing for the eyes to see the sun.

International Standard Version
How sweet is the daylight, and how pleasant it is for someone's eyes to behold the sunshine!

NET Bible
Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for a person to see the sun.

New Heart English Bible
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Light is sweet, and it is good for one's eyes to see the sun.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the light is sweet, And a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.

New American Standard 1977
The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun,

King James 2000 Bible
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

American King James Version
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

American Standard Version
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Moreover the light is sweet, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The light is sweet, and it is delightful for the eyes to see the sun.

Darby Bible Translation
Now the light is sweet, and pleasant is it to the eyes to see the sun;

English Revised Version
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.

Webster's Bible Translation
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

World English Bible
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun.

Young's Literal Translation
Sweet also is the light, And good for the eyes to see the sun.
Study Bible
Enjoy Your Years
7Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. 8So if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is futile.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 6:5
A stillborn child has more rest than he--though never seeing the sun or knowing anything--

Ecclesiastes 7:11
Wisdom, like an inheritance, is good, and it benefits those who see the sun.

Treasury of Scripture

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

the light

Job 33:28,30
He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light…

Psalm 56:13
For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

Proverbs 15:30
The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

a pleasant

Ecclesiastes 7:11
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Matthew 5:45
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.







Lexicon
Light
הָא֑וֹר (hā·’ō·wr)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 216: Illumination, luminary

is sweet,
וּמָת֖וֹק (ū·mā·ṯō·wq)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4966: Sweet, sweetness

and it pleases
וְט֥וֹב (wə·ṭō·wḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

the eyes
לַֽעֵינַ֖יִם (la·‘ê·na·yim)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - cd
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

to see
לִרְא֥וֹת (lir·’ō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

the sun.
הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃ (haš·šā·meš)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8121: The sun, the east, a ray, a notched battlement
Verses 7-9. - Section 17. The second remedy for the perplexities of the present life is cheerfulness - the spirit that enjoys the present, with a chastened regard to the future. Verse 7. - Truly the light is sweet. The verse begins with the copula ray, "and," which here notes merely transition, as Ecclesiastes 3:16; Ecclesiastes 12:9. Do not be perplexed, or despondent, or paralyzed in your work, by the difficulties that meet you. Confront them with a cheerful mien, and enjoy life while it lasts. "The light" may be taken literally, or as equivalent to life. The very light, with all that it unfolds, all that it beautifies, all that it quickens, is a pleasure; life is worth living, and affords high and merited enjoyment to the faithful worker. The commentators quote parallels Thus Euripides, 'Iph. in Aul.,' 1219 -

Μή μ ἀπολέσῃς ἄωρον ἡδύ γὰρ τὸ φῶς
Λεύσσειν τὰ δ ὐπὸ γῆν μή μ ἰδεῖν ἀναγκάσῃς

"O slay me not untimely; for to see
The light is sweet; and force me not to view
The secrets of the nether world."
Plumptre cites Theognis -

Κείσομαι ὤστε λίθος
Αφθογγος λείψω δ ἐρατὸν φάος ἠελίοιο

"Then shall I lie, as voiceless as a stone,
And see no more the loved light of the sun."
A pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun. To behold the sun is to enjoy life; for light, which is life, is derived from the sun. Virgil speaks of "coeli spirabile lumen" ('AEn.,' 3:600). Thus Homer, 'Od.,' 20:207 -

Αἴ που ἔπι ζώει καὶ ὁρᾷ φάος ἠελίοιο
Αἰ δ ἤδη τέθνηκε καὶ εἰν Αι'´δαο δόμοισιν.

"If still he live and see the sun's fair light,
Or dead, be dwelling in the realms of Hades."
11:7-10 Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires, but be assured that God will call you into judgment. How many give loose to every appetite, and rush into every vicious pleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughts and desires, their idle words and wicked words. If they would avoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope and comfort on a dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter, let them remember the vanity of youthful pleasures. That Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys. This is not the language of one grudging youthful pleasures, because he can no longer partake of them; but of one who has, by a miracle of mercy, been brought back in safety. He would persuade the young from trying a course whence so few return. If the young would live a life of true happiness, if they would secure happiness hereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth.
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